Monthly Archives: October 2009

End of Course Testing in North Carolina: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

As we continue to campaign for a comprehensive end-of-course testing program for high school science in Florida, at least one state that had implemented EOC tests in physics and chemistry at the high school level is now throwing in the … Continue reading

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A Story of PROMiSE

A commenter over at the Florida Citizens for Science blog asked (in response to Brandon Haught’s criticism of the Senate PreK-12 Committee report on high school science graduation requirements) what had ever become of the PROMiSE professional development program.  I … Continue reading

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PISA 2006: An International Report

The 2006 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report [1] published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), analyzes the self-reported interests and opinions of 15 year olds across all of the countries and cities which participated in … Continue reading

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Secretary Duncan in Live Webcast on STEM Education Friday

Orlando Sentinel blogger/reporter Leslie Postal was kind enough to forward this press release from the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO PARTICIPATE IN LIVE WEBCAST ON STEM EDUCATION U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will … Continue reading

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Florida Citizens for Science Blogger Blasts Senate Report

It’s not just me.  Brandon Haught over at the Florida Citizens for Science blog is quite unhappy about the Senate Committee report about high school graduation standards as well.  Take a look.

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Florida Senate Report on High School Graduation Requirements in Science Recommends Doing Nothing

The PreK-12 Policy Committee of the Florida Senate has issued a report on the idea of raising high school graduation requirements in science.  Their conclusion:  Don’t do anything for now – it’s too hard.  Wait for all the pieces to … Continue reading

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Access to High School Physics Limited in Socioeconomically Challenged NYC Schools

A study of access to physics courses in the New York City public schools published in this month’s issue of American Journal of Physics has reached some disturbing conclusions.  To begin with, A significant number of students attend schools where … Continue reading

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